Last week Microsoft and 343 Industries released another teaser trailer for their highly anticipated live-action miniseries for Halo 4, Forward Unto Dawn. The miniseries will take place before the events of Halo 4, leading up to the beginning of the game. The first footage from the series was introduced to the world via a trailer at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.
The newly released trailer portrays young soldiers getting their hair cut and being prepared to for their training to become UNSC marines at the Corbulo Academy of Military Science. The trailer is narrated by these characters, talking about how they got to the academy and their thoughts of the war. One faces war with a perspective of nobility, doubting that he will ever be able to take a human life. He surmises that things can be sorted out diplomatically. Another looks expresses a more violent personality, viewing the insurrectionists as evil and that he could easily take a life.
This trailer really shows the emotion of the characters, which I feel was a little thin in the Halo games. It’s powerful and deeply based on emotion. I cannot wait to see where they go with this series.
Already the series has been achieving acclaim and extreme anticipation. Fan boys have been going bananas day after day on this one and, frankly, so have I. The web series just looks stunning. The effects, costumes, acting, and set-work all look great, which raises the question: Why won’t they just make a Halo movie already?!
Well I can’t answer that question, so feel free to hate me for reminding you of all those horrible days of Halo movie rumors. I still get Vietnam-style flashbacks of that time, the time of a film that could have been.
The show stars such actors as Anna Popplewell (you all remember has as Susan in The Chronicles of Narnia), Daniel Cudmore as John-117, physically, and Steve Downes who reprises his role as the voice of the very large green man. It is being written by the team who wrote Mortal Kombat: Legacy, another web-series based on a video-game.
All in all, this series is starting to look good. Real good. I am very excited to watch it and see how it intertwines and leads into Halo 4. The show will premiere on the Halo Waypoint on October 5th. Those who are getting the Limited Edition will get the series in full plus a making-of featurette on their discs.